Some Risks of Poor Nutrition Diabetes, kidney disease, osteoarthritis, bladder stones - no, these aren’t illnesses that only humans experience, they’re also some of the negative consequences of obesity in pets. And just like with human health, they can sadly also shorten a pet’s lifespan. Proper nutrition and exercise are important steps to prevent excessive [...]
Elliott's Story The Diagnosis When Elliott, a Jack Russell/Poodle mix, was 12 year old, he was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease. His owner was devastated by the diagnosis, but wanted to do whatever was necessary to give him the best quality of life and make sure he was healthy and happy for as long as [...]
We are missing our patients at this time of Social Distancing. We had made the difficult decision to stop house calls for the time being and yesterday our provincial government has asked that veterinary stop all in person services except for those which are urgent. Scheduling only urgent house calls is not realistic for us, [...]
What my full pockets reminded me about self-care.
Have your pets made any Resolutions for the New Year? I think that Daisy’s is to get even more cuddles than last year, and Sprocket? Well, he hasn’t let me know but I’m hoping that it’s to eat less socks and other odd things. It's not unusual for resolutions to be about becoming healthier and [...]
I resolve to educate about veterinary palliative medicine so that everyone that needs this service is aware of its existence.
"When I look into the eyes of an animal I don't see an animal, I see a living being. I see a friend, I see a soul."AD. Williams
One of the most frustrating things that my clients complain about is the pet who can not stop scratching his ear. They will scratch all night keeping everyone awake. No one is comfortable and most definitely the pet. The most likely reason for this is an ear infection. This occurs when the yeast and bacteria [...]
As the weather becomes colder here in Southern Ontario I am seeing fewer itchy dogs, however there are those who do not find relief from this annual freeze. The itchy dog is one of the most frustrating types of patients in my profession. The dog is uncomfortable and finds it hard to find relief and the owners are concerned about [...]
Do we really need to be reminded that dogs shouldn’t be left in cars in the summer? I wish we didn’t but unfortunately there are still deaths and hospitalizations occurring from this very thing. In this article I will discuss this as well as some other summer hazards and what we can do to prevent [...]